WALNUT — It was not a good start to the weekend when Bureau Valley lost Number 1 runner Ryan Taylor to a sprained ankle during PE class, leaving him on the sidelines for Saturday’s Bureau Valley’s Invitational cross country meet. But his teammates pulled together to claim a sixth-place finish with 228 points.
Alleman ran away with the title with two top six finishes and four in the top 13. The Storm checked in sixth behind Newman (104), Rockford Christian (137), Rock Falls (180) and Elmwood-Brimfield (224).
“Our other runners really stepped up. Our boys are running real well in their pack right now, and our top five seem to really shift each race who is in what position,” Donner said.
That top five for the Storm Saturday included Daniel Trone (41st, 17:45), Kane Eastwood (43rd, 17:49), Colton Peterson (61st, 18:24), Andrew Smith (62nd, 18:24) and Yulian Osorio (63rd, 18:25). Also for the Storm were Michael Trujillo (81st, 18:45), Kody Church (98th, 19:12) and Charlie Lotspeich (102nd, 19:15).
Alleman’s Zach Hird led the field with a winning time of 15:35.28 for the 3.0-mile course. After Hird, the top 10 finishers were well packed with only 19 seconds separating places from second through 10th.
One of those runners was Hall junior Al Baldonado. He came in seventh with a time of 5:29.4.
Hall placed 11th as a team with efforts from Sandro Aldana (52nd, 18:05), Rosy Fuentes (53rd, 18:48), 90. Tyler Pullam (90th, 19:07), 92. Christian Garcia (92nd, 19:08), Luke Lee-Brown (181st, 21:29) and Ryan Cinotte (186th, 21:47).
Princeton did not field a full team with Alex Biggs (20:52) placing 160th, Mason Hunt 166th (21:03) and Patrick Arrabia 180th (21:25). Cody Workman finished 18th in the F/S race, running a 15:30 for 2.5 miles.